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23 Jul 2017

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    Estonia’s Ongoing Democratising Digital Revolution

    Should the free movement of data be the fifth freedom next to the already established freedoms of European citizens? Many argue that apart from lifting barriers, the EU has not yet maximised the growth potential of the data economy. Gareth talks to Sandy Pentland at a digital data conference in Tallinn. An entrepreneur from Niger has created an irrigation system that allows farmers to control the watering of their crops from afar by simply using their cell phones. Click’s Sasha Gankin talks to Abdou Maman Kané about his tele-irrigation system. RADAR – Reporters And Data And Robots – is a new service which aims to create tens of thousands of localised stories each month from open data sets. Click talks Gary Rogers co-founder of Urbs Media, about the benefits of RADAR. Scientists in New Zealand are researching how AR might be used by building assessors (and other inspectors) after an earthquake. In conjunction with a HoloLens headset, a student team in Auckland has built an app that will help to process vital data to be made available at a later date for assessing building safety. Simon Morton reports. (Image caption: Digital Blue Binary Code Technology © Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 18 Jul 2017

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    Ghana Launches Its First Satellite Into Space

    Click hears from the project co-ordinator, Dr Richard Damoah about the launch of GhanaSat-1. The satellite, developed by students at All Nations University in Koforidua, was sent into orbit from the International Space Station. Kate Arkless Gray offers an assessment of the launch. Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil poses a frightening scenario. Our credit rating, our job prospects, our education, our spending habits, our justice system and our politics are all determined to some extent by algorithms. We cannot see them or negotiate with them and most of us do not understand how they work, but behind the scenes these mathematical models hold a huge amount of control over our lives and are altering the nature of our society. With many proven examples of racist, sexist and prejudiced systems, Cathy O’Neil tells Click that it is time to start worrying about algorithms. Researchers from MIT aim to develop robots that can both manoeuver on land and fly. In a new paper, the team presented a system of eight quadcopter drones that can fly and drive through a city-like setting with parking spots, no-fly zones, and landing pads. Click talks to the lead author, Brandon Araki. (Photo caption: The International Space Station orbiting over planet Earth © Nasa) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 11 Jul 2017

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    Is the Gig Economy Out of Control?

    Is the gig economy out of control? This year’s OuiShare Fest in Paris for urban innovators and edgy entrepreneurs explores the gig economy and cities. How can we convert the advantages of the growing ‘uberisation’ model of modern life for the many and not the few? Click talks to Mara Balestrini and Helen Goulden who are participating in the festival. For many, internet access has become almost a basic need. But there are large swathes of the world where connectivity is poor or non-existent. Mozilla’s Equal Rating Innovation Challenge is a competition for projects seeking to fight this so called digital divide. Julia Lorke spoke to the winning teams from South Africa, Brazil and India. The team behind Raspberry Pi, the small but mighty microcomputer that has redefined home computing for many thousands of people around the world, have won the UK’s top engineering innovation prize, the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award. Click talks to Raspberry Pi’s Eben Upton. (Image caption: Network and world map on blur city © Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 04 Jul 2017

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    Augmenting Reality with Virtual Reality

    In a special edition, Click looks at the latest innovations in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality experiences. There is a report on a Virtual Reality film tour of Latin America; how viewers can hop on a spacecraft and virtually launch into space with The Last Blues Song of a Lost Afronaut; and there is a surreal experience of Nairobi in a dreamlike 360 exploration of relationships. (Photo caption: Michael Benson © Markley Boyer) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 27 Jun 2017

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